In this resource by Paradigm, they’ve outlined specific recommendations for managers seeking to support Black employees.
As a manager, you play a pivotal role in how your team navigates this incredibly challenging time. While it’s helpful for employees to hear from company leaders, it is equally critical that they feel directly supported by you as their manager. If you proceed with “business as usual,” it sends a message to people that you don’t believe this is an important topic worthy of time and conversation. To Black employees in particular, it can send a message that you don’t value them.
So, how do you lead your team through this difficult time, particularly when it can be hard to find the words to say, and when different team members may need different things?